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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Journalist Who Received Death Threats From Cartel Members in Guerrero Is Now Missing

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Víctor Fernando Álvarez Chávez
Víctor Fernando Álvarez Chávez, a journalist based in Acapulco, Guerrero, went missing on April 2 and has not been found. He was the editor-in-chief of Punto x Punto, a news website in Guerrero. His family confirmed to press freedom organizations that he received death threats by organized crime members in Acapulco prior to his disappearance.

A day before went missing, Álvarez Chávez published an article about the discovery of four corpses on a highway in Taxco and the murder of a female attorney in Acapulco. His disappearance comes a few days after the murder of Maria Elena Ferral, a female journalist who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Veracruz after receiving death threats.

Álvarez Chávez was born in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, on 27 July 1969. According to his Facebook page, he studied at the Autonomous University of Guerrero and lived in his hometown. He was the editor-in-chief of Punto x Punto, a news website based in Guerrero. According to their website, they have been writing news articles for twelve years and have covered various topics in Guerrero.

Borderland Beat analyzed several of their latest publications to see if any of them reported cartel activity. We noticed that they have a specific crime section titled "Reporte Ciudadano y Denuncias" (Civilian Reports and Complaints). Judging by the title, it is likely that they sometimes published sensitive criminal information through anonymous tips.

Two weeks ago, they covered the discovery of four bodies in clandestine mass graves in Acapulco. In January, Punto x Punto published several articles about cartel violence in Acapulco, including a shootout between state policemen and gangsters, the seizure of a marijuana load, and the capture of two men involved in an attack against police officers.

A day before his disappearance, Álvarez Chávez published the discovery of four bodies in Taxco along the federal highway connecting Mexico City with Acapulco. He reported that several banners were left at the scene with a message from the perpetrators. He also published another article detailing the murder a female attorney in Acapulco.

Disappearance details
Details surrounding his disappearance are scarce, but press freedom organization Article 19 confirmed that Álvarez Chávez received death threats by cartel members in Acapulco a few days before he went missing.

Álvarez Chávez was seen for the last time in Renacimiento neighborhood in Acapulco. His family issued a missing person filer online with his physical characteristics in hopes of finding him. On Twitter, Guerrero state authorities asked civilians to help locate him.

The last time he was seen by his family members and friends, Álvarez Chávez was wearing a blue shirt with black pants and shoes. He did not tell anyone where he was going, and his family members told investigators that he does not own a cell phone.

Mexico continues to be the most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere for journalists. Over 100 journalists have been killed and dozens more have gone missing since 2000. Like in most criminal cases in Mexico, the vast majority of these incidents remain unsolved and with few perpetrators arrested and/or convicted.

Note: Multiple sources were used for this report. For better readability, they were linked in the body paragraphs above.


  1. Crime in Mexico is everywhere, if it's not the Cartels killing people, it's now the Corona virus the deadly viper. Edgar Alvarado stay home.

  2. With the norm of government silencing those who pose a threat to one's criminal activities and apprehension for decades.
    These atrocities are commonly committed by hired henchmen (criminal gangs, criminal associates). While the true perpetrators are behind the scenes without even being prosecuted.
    A sad situation for those who choose this employment practice than an honest living.
    Mexico is a dangerous country for journalists. The top 5 of countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Russia. Where reporting matters of interest are often met with retribution.

    Prayers for the family.

  3. Man Journalist who received death threats from cartel members in Guerrero is now missing

  4. What ever happened to that big wig journalist guy a couple months ago that was 'found' safely after his 'abduction' and immediately requested asylum? Was it granted? That one sure seemed staged. Not that this is the same, and It takes next-level huevos to be a journalist in Acapulco. 5 days is a long time. Hope he is found safe.

  5. 1st Amendment is biggest problem for Mexico

    1. Like in many countries. Not just Mexico.
      And your point is?

    2. The lack of the 2nd Amendment to protect the freedom of speech, press, and interference by government on religion is the biggest problem for Mexico. The rights of the 1st Amendment have no protection without the 2nd.

  6. One thing about Amlo, no corruption and life is wonderful

  7. Why would Cartels leave banners and Not want it to be big news ?
    Why then leave notes banners or mantras ?? The Jouralist is your friend He spreads the Cartels words
    so why kill them ?
    unless they were dealing drugs
    But any Cartel would Use the News as a way to get their Words out
    Dont kill them Use them

    I sure hope everyone here at BB are safe And Stay safe We appreciate you

    1. Answer to your question is? What better way to divert unwanted attention by placing blame to a rival!
      Many of these atrocities are IMO from such rivals. No SMART business practice will put their operations in jeopardy.
      Unless one isn't smart at all.


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